Goodbye, Penny Dreadful

Goodbye, Penny Dreadful

By Dixielord

Spoiler Warning

Fans of Penny Dreadful, including me, were shocked at the end of episode nine with the revelation that this was the end. The Showtime series starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and Timothy Dalton, was in its third season. According to series creator John Logan, there was no pressure to cancel from Showtime. The show had simply ran its course, and with the end of the Vanessa Ives story line, it was time to say goodbye.

Goodbye John Clare and Goodbye Penny Dreadful

Rory Kinnear as The Creature in Penny Dreadful (season 3, episode 7)

The decision was apparently made during season two. It was also decided to keep the show's fate a secret, so as not to risk spoiling the ending to the show's loyal fans. It does feel like this was a deliberate attempt to go out while the series was in its prime. I'm sad that Penny Dreadful is no more, but I don't feel cheated. So many shows have died too soon, and just as many have gone on to become a pale shadow of what they were. How different would the legacy of Dexter have been if it had ended a few seasons earlier?

The Wolf of God in Penny Dreadful

Ethan wolfs out

Penny Dreadful was first and foremost the story of Vanessa Ives (Eva Green). True fans got to know and love those around her, her loves, and enemies, and even casual acquaintances, but this was Vanessa's story. Her struggle ended, at the hands of her love Ethan, and so Penny Dreadful ended.

What of the other characters? Ethan Chandler (Talbot), Sir Malcolm, Frankenstein and his monster, and Lilly? Their stories will most likely never be known to us. Call me a sucker, but I hold out faint hope that we might see some continuation of the characters in a special or mini series, but I know that's just wishful thinking. This was Vanessa's story. The other stories will forever be unknown to us. It's heartbreaking, but it's for the best.

So goodbye Ethan, Dorian, Dr. Seward, John Clare, and the rest, and most of all goodbye Ms. Ives. Thank you for three seasons of wonderful Victorian monster fun. Thank you for reinventing the creatures we knew too well, and for doing it in an imaginative and respectful way. And thank you Showtimeand John Logan, for having the strength and knowledge to end the show where it needed to end. Thank you for saying, “it's time to end” even while your fans are screaming “no”. I leave Penny Dreadful with no bad memories. It's been a fun ride, a beautiful experience, but like Vanessa said, “let it end”. Goodbye, Penny Dreadful.

Posted by Allen Alberson

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